What I Read in June

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Unrelated photo of me in Amalfi
Thank you to those who have emailed/instagrammed/twittered checking in. I truly appreciate you all so much. I can't fathom how sweet it is to have readers share that they are praying for us. I hate to be so vague, but I'll share when the time is right. Thanks for being so patient with me! I have lots of completed Italy posts ready to roll, so let's do this! :)

The Royal We by Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan

It's no secret I'm all about William and Kate. I've watched cheesy movies and documentaries about them, read unauthorized biographies.. and this book is nothing like that. It's loosely inspired by their story but is centered around  a normal girl from the midwest who goes to study abroad in London and never comes back because she falls in love with a prince. I was absolutely glued to every page of this book and enjoyed it so much. I obviously loved the England/royal factor but as long as you're into the "romantic comedy" book category you'll enjoy this a bunch. An easy airplane/beach read.

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

I wouldn't recommend this book at all. I hate saying that, but it just wasn't my favorite. I finished the book, and originally just purchased it because I usually have success with the Target book recommendations section.. but ugh. This whole novel was based around pretty unhappy themes. There's a lot of adultery without consequence, and no real depth to the characters. It was just like, inappropriateness without any real development of plot. Notice I didn't link to this because I don't want you to click to it :)

Royal Wedding: A Princess Diaries Novel by Meg Cabot

I read the full princess diaries series in high school and loved it. This book follows Mia Thermopolis and her relationship with Michael, just like in the first movie. I enjoyed reading it, it was easy to read.. but I guess Mia grew up and started making pretty blunt sexual references throughout her book. :( I didn't have great luck this trip with novels and their totally unnecessary crude details. I read it and mildly enjoyed it because of my dedication to the series.. but could have done without the political undertones and the previously mentioned crude details. That's just me, though. :)

Paper Towns by John Green

I'm guilty of enjoying a good old bandwagon book that's about to be made into a movie. I really enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars, by the same author... as did everyone else I know that read it. This book was obviously different, but I still really enjoyed reading it. Not my typical style

Note: On our trip Ben read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I had originally purchased both for myself but Ben didn't think I'd enjoy either of them. I still might read The Girl on the Train, but Ben just said it was hard to read at times because the main character is an alcoholic. He said it's just dark and sad to read of her continually falling into those habits. That being said I LOVED Gone Girl and it's about as dark as you get when it comes to a mystery so who knows! 

On my Kindle to Read Next:

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Southern Charm by Tinsley Mortimer

Aaaaaand I downloaded a few "Christian fiction" books to try out. I'm just sick of the smut, y'all. I started one last night and I'm thinking it might be too cheesy/not good enough writing to stick with this new genre of reads that just aged me 20 years. Anyone have any suggestions in this style of book? I've read Redeeming Love and of course loved it.. but no other Christian fiction books! Help!

Edit: I guess when asking for book recommendations I should supply some titles of books I have really enjoyed reading in the past year! Big Little Lies, What Alice Forgot and The Husband's Secret by Liane Morriarty, The Heiresses by Sara Shephard (author of Pretty Little Liars), Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella,


  1. I have heard nothing but incredible things about The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up! I definitely want to check it out. I also love (almost) anything but Francine Rivers. I have her first book in the Mark of the Lion series that I want to start reading this summer. A few years ago, I read Heritage at Lancaster County by Beverly Lewis... it's about an Amish girl who was adopted and never told, then sought out her birth mother who ended up being wealthy and had to find her true identity. And she quilted. So basically, I liked it because she quilted, ha! ;) It was a good read, I just don't know if it's one I would re-read.


  2. I love this list! Have you read The Shack by Wm. Paul Young? That is next on my to-read list. I've also heard Ted Dekker's books are good (Black, White, Red, and Green).

  3. The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers (author of Redeeming Love) is fantastic! If you loved Redeeming Love then you will very likely love the series :)

  4. I'm not sure we like the same kind of books, but I really loved Girl On A Train. I love dark storylines and thought the way this one was written was really great.
    Have you read any books by Liane Moriarty? I read a few of her books over the last year and really enjoyed them. They were dark-ish, but I really enjoyed some of the characters, especially in Big Little Lies. Although, after re-reading your comments about these books, I am not so sure you would like them lol.

  5. I"m a sucker for Pretense by Lori Wick, probably because I have daughters and can see my girls in the main characters. I also love Hadassah by Tommy Tenney. The story of Esther is one of my favorites, so I love this fiction version based on that book of the Bible.

  6. I'm going to read The Royal We soon! I love all things royal family so I know I would love that book. I just got Harper Lee's new book so as soon as I'm done with this summer term, I'm reading it and The Girl on the Train (it was my July book club's book). I read Night Circus because it had won a few's blah. And so confusing. Have you read Water for Elephants? It's older but I was hoping Night Circus was like that, but no. As for Christian fiction, I've read a few of Francine Rivers's book and some of Beverly Lewis's Amish series. I find those intriguing but that's about it. I don't know if you can beat Francine Rivers!

  7. Girl on The Train was really hard to get through for that very reason, buttttt still worth a read in my opinion!

  8. cannot tell you how good the Mark of the Lion series is by Francine Rivers. i have read and re read

  9. Have you read Sarah Dessen's books? They're technically YA but they're fun and pretty clean. Rainbow Rowell's books are similar and also good. The only Christian fiction I've really read + liked is Jan Karon's Father Tim series, but I would definitely recommend that. They're definitely "older" (got the recommendation from my mom) but they're well-written and engrossing and not at all cheesy. A few other recommendations.

  10. I want to read Girl on the Train, but I get a little antsy with dark/depressing books. I read Southern Charm last year...really cute, easy read. I also started reading Amish fiction...but I really only like Beverly Lewis. I got kind of obsessed with it earlier this year. :)

  11. I'm a huge fan of Christian fiction. My favorite authors are Karen Kingsbury and Dan Walsh. Karen's books are romance books but with such good reminders of God's love and grace! Dan Walsh does a lot of books about different aspects of relationships. SO good! My husband loves Ted Dekker but his books are more thriller/mystery.

  12. I've been in YA lit and Early Childhood lit classes all summer, so you wouldn't like my book suggestions from what I've read lately! haha On another note, that dress is stunning on you! I keep going back and forth on buying it, but I should probably decide before it disappears from the Lilly website!

  13. I am so going to have to read The Royal We! That sounds right up my alley. It reminds of the series The Selection a bit. Loved all three of those books. Praying for you always; your life is such an encouragement to me! Have a great day!

  14. I love anything by Dee Henderson for Christian Fiction! She writes "romantic suspense and military suspense". She has a few series and The O'Malley series about 7 children who met at an orphanage and created their own family is my favorite!

  15. The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers is incredible! I'm not much into Christian fiction either but I am almost finished with the first book of this series and I just can't put it down!

  16. I just finished Girl on the Train which I read because I heard it was like Gone Girl. I really liked it!


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